Uploaded on Jan 31, 2011
Instructional DVD#2 Hypertension
The material presented in this video can directly improve your ability to help clients who suffer from hypertension. This video file includes the following 2 sections:
2. Neck Rehabilitative Exercises
In the first section Boris explains in detail the causes leading to essential hypertension and how wide-spread it is today. He also explains how essential hypertension is different from hypertension caused by kidney insufficiency, a tumor on the adrenal gland, or narrowing of the aorta.
Following a brief theoretical introduction, Boris provides a step-by-step demonstration with detailed verbal explanations of the essential hypertension protocols and their sequences.
In addition, Boris demonstrates various massage therapy techniques, including superficial and deep fascia release techniques, trigger point therapy, and skin mobilization.
In the exercise section Boris proposes and demonstrates on a model the sequence of a safe, gentle and effective neck exercise program to prevent re-accumulation of tension in cervical muscles that compress a vertebral artery, producing hypertension.
Exercises are important in maintaining muscles in a normal resting tone after we achieve this result with massage. Over tense muscles compress vertebral arteries causing an increase in blood pressure.
Boris also covers when and how to use these exercises so they would be most beneficial for a person who's suffering from high blood pressure.
Boris provides a hands-on, detailed demonstration and explanation of the above-mentioned modalities in a way that is very easy to learn and to follow.
This online video file includes most of the materials presented on Boris' instructional DVD#2. If you would like to purchase the DVD, we will credit you the cost of this video towards your DVD purchase price.
The medical benefits of massage therapy in cases of musculoskeletal abnormalities are gaining acceptance from health practitioners. However, another advance in cases of various inner organ disorders, as of yet, is not recognized. In an attempt to bridge the gap between the two developments, I, with the cooperation of Victor Gura, M.D. (an associate clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine), have conducted a pilot study using six subjects with diagnosed arterial hypertension. Ross Turchaninov, M.D. (medical massage practitioner) advised on the project's protocol.
Medical massage therapy is a soft tissue mobilization method. Several factors explain its physiological effects. Medical massage creates a mechanical acceleration of venous blood flow and lymphatic drainage, mechanical breakdown of pathological accumulation (e.g., soft tissue calcifications), and passive exercise on soft tissues. By mobilizing the skin, connective tissue, muscle tissue and the periosteum, receptors located in these areas are stimulated, generating afferent electrical impulses. These impulses reach the central nervous system, stimulating the body to react via beneficial reflex mechanisms. The end results are vasodilation (resulting in decreased blood pressure and heart rate), increased arterial blood supply to tissues, muscular tension release and other healthful reactions.
The control of increased arterial blood pressure in those with hypertension is an important medical and social challenge. Hypertension is considered to be a major cause of heart attacks and strokes. An interesting fact, however, is that out of all hypertension cases, only 10 percent of patients have an established cause explaining their condition. For example, narrowing of the aorta, adrenal tumors or glomerulonephritis produces hypertension secondarily. In 90 percent of patients, the cause of hypertension is unknown. In such cases, the patient has "essential hypertension" or EH.
Modern conventional medicine recognizes an imbalance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions of the autonomic nervous system as the initial trigger of EH. An increase in sympathetic tone produces arteriolar vasoconstriction with a subsequent increase in the peripheral vascular resistance. At the onset, these changes exhibit a transient character and the body uses self-regulatory mechanisms to restore the proper relationship between sympathetic and parasympathetic tones. This is why in earlier stages there are episodes of increased arterial blood pressure, without symptoms of hypertension. With time and repeated episodes of hypertension attacks, the body resets special receptors, called baroreceptors, in the arterial circulation to the new level, and the elevation of arterial blood pressure becomes sustained. As we have found, a correctly formulated protocol of medical massage therapy may play a critical role in controlling arterial blood pressure in some patients with EH.
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